Has conducted research in environmentally sound weed control practices for agronomic crops. Expertise in herbicides, weed control, herbicide safety, sustainable agriculture, alternative weed control practices, tillage practices and weed control.
(765) 494-4245; home: (317) 497-3226
Is a national expert on water quality, sustainable agriculture, wetlands issues, and agricultural production and environmental quality. Work includes analysis of water quality issues and public opinion on environmental issues.
Chairman of the Indiana Ground Water Task Force subcommittee on agricultural chemicals. Past president of the Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials. Is secretary for Indiana Pesticide Review Board. The state chemist's office is the lead pesticide regulatory agency in the state.
Has expertise in weed science, with emphasis on weed management systems in horticulture crops and the biology of weeds. Conducts research on methods of weed control that employ reduced herbicide use, such as ground covers and intercropping, and understanding the biology of weeds.
(765) 494-4566; home: (317) 743-3206
Runs the certified pesticide applicator training program at Purdue. Shows farmers and others how to correctly apply pesticides to minimize risks to the environment and personal health. Also does a number of education and demonstration programs for industry and consumers.
Has expertise in environmental soil science and plant nutrient management. Researches reduced rates of nitrogen application vs. crop yield, leading to lower recommendations for total application.
Southwest Purdue Agriculture Program
(812) 886-0198; home: (812) 886-9905
Oversees the first integrated pest management program for melon crops in the Midwest. Responsible for establishing innovative research and Extension approaches for pest management of vegetable and field crops in southwestern Indiana. Has reduced insecticide applications by an average of 55 percent on the corn crop and 65 percent in 1992 season on vegetable and melon acres, saving melon growers in the program an average of $3,000 each. Research also includes developing thresholds for the major pests of cucurbits, tomatoes, peppers and potatoes.
Estimates that 90 percent of Indiana farmers are using some aspect of integrated pest management, such as scouting, relying on economic thresholds for treatment decisions and other core IPM techniques. "The question has gone from 'Which product do I use?' to 'Do I need to use a product at all?'" he says. Is an international leader in IPM and helped develop IPM guides for field crops, seed corn and popcorn. Consults on international pest management problems.
Conducts training and disseminates research on IPM practices. Evaluates and implements new IPM technologies. Helped develop IPM guides for field crops, seed corn and popcorn. Advises producers and agribusiness employees on technical and cultural methods that avoid or reduce pesticide applications by adopting field scouting and implementing alternative control strategies.
Coordinator, food safety education project
(765) 494-8186; home: (317) 474-7216
Co-author of Purdue Cooperative Extension publication, "The Pesticide Paradox." Helps consumers put food safety risks into perspective. Teaches consumers how to reduce pesticide risks through proper preparation techniques and by eating a variety of foods.
(765) 494-8539; home: (317) 463-1550
Currently works on three national food safety education grants. Is responsible for developing curricula and distance education materials for youth and adult audiences. Conducts research on mineral availability from plant products. Member of the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service Task Force on Food Safety. Is co-author of the Purdue Cooperative Extension Publication "The Pesticide Paradox." Teaches consumers how to reduce pesticide risks through food preparation techniques and by eating a wide variety of foods.